Bodies of water are frequent metaphors in poetry, due to their unfathomable depths, unknowable sprawl, and unattainable porpoises. Set sail into the enigma with today's Groupon from Scovare Expeditions, located at Staff Jennings Marina. Choose between the following options:
- For $19, you get a 50-minute introduction to sailing lesson, available at 4:30 p.m., Sunday–Friday (a $40 value).
- For $29, you get one of four 1.5-hour cruises (a $59 value). Cruise options include the Evening Sail, Sunset Sail, City Lights Cruise, and Starlight or Full Moon Sail.
Scovare's salty captains unveil the windblown channels of the Willamette River to budding sailors and sight-seeing passengers. Students lay hands on helm and handle lines in the introductory sailing class, learning to harness the wind to pull the vessel the way one harnesses a neighbor to pull a lawnmower. Summer-evening sailing cruises embark at 6 p.m., cooling passengers on hot days with river breezes, and sunset cruises put keels to currents tinged with amber reflections at 7:30 p.m. nightly through the first of September. Passengers bask in the glow of Portland's glittering skyline on City Lights Cruises (9 p.m. during summer, 7:30 p.m. after September 1). Until October, Full Moon Cruises depart docks at 10:30 p.m. to slip through starlit waters on a mission to rescue solar-powered submarines.
Routes for each cruise vary, with some excursions heading upriver past the Palatine Castle and around scenic Elk Rock Island. Other outings tour the Holgate Channel, passing the downtown riverfront and winding around the west side of Ross Island. Passengers may request their preferred route.
Scovare Expeditions Inc.
With more than 25 years of maritime experience, Shane St. Clair captains Scovare Expeditions' fleet of sailboats, unveiling the windblown channels of the Willamette River to budding sailors and sightseeing passengers. During sailing tours, passengers can bob across the river while taking in the views of the volcanic caldera of Elk Rock Island or feast on three-course meals as the sails fill up with wind like a balloon ruining its dinner. A new Cape Cod Catboat available for charter takes tours, classes, and small dinners on a glide, and a sleek Aquarius sailboat keeps guests boating in style. Those interested in learning the ropes can sign up for sailing lessons, where savvy instructors teach novices how to command the helm, guide the lines, and barter with miserly seagulls.
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